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Melody Richardson Memorial Contest – Muskoka Authors Association

Deadline October 15th 2017 at NOON.

1st Annual Melody Richardson Memorial Contest

Get as Creative as you want!

2 Prize Categories:
Short Prose contest

(1500 words max)

Flash Prose Contest

(500 words max)

First Prize for Prose:

$500 + publication on MAA website

Second Prize for Prose: 

$200 + publication on MAA website

Honorable Mention:

Publication on MAA website

First Prize for Flash Prose:

$300 + publication on MAA website

Second Prize for Flash Prose:

$125 + publication on MAA website

Honorable Mention:

Publication on MAA website


In 1999, Writer/Journalist Melody Richardson started a writing group in Muskoka. Over the years she continued to share her expertise, encouraging both novice and experienced writers.

The Muskoka Authors Assocation is honoured to sponsor the Melody Richardson Memorial Contest (MRMC) in Melody’s memory.

A little about Melody

Melody Richardson started Muskoka’s memoir group, then expanded her writing program to welcome all genres. Many Muskoka Authors Association members, including Cindy Watson and Wendie Donabie were part of Melody’s inspirational group and honed their craft under her unique brand of encouraging mentorship. Sadly, Melody passed away after a brave fight against cancer in 2014. To keep her memory and contribution alive, MAA created the first annual Melody Richardson Memorial Contest.


A little about the contest

In honour of Melody’s contribution to memoir writing, the inaugural contest is dedicated to the art of personal story whether told as memoir or as fiction inspired by personal story.

There are two categories:

  • Prose (maximum 1500 words)
  • Flash Prose (maximum 500 words)

Writers will submit a short piece or flash prose in some way based on their real-life experience.


Submission Guidelines:

  • Double spaced
  • 12 point font
  • Your name cannot appear on or in the story, but ensure the title does.
  • Ensure your name appears on the entry form with the title of your piece.
  • No previously published works will be considered.
  • Multiple submissions accepted (separate entry and payment for each entry).


Deadline: October 15, 2017 at 12 noon

How to enter:

Entries must be submitted through the MAA website at www.muskokaauthors.ca

Please pay your fee of $10 (members) and $20 (non-member) per entry online.

Ensure the title of your manuscript is on the entry form and the piece itself, but that your name does not appear on the story.


Entry fee: Members: $10
Non-Members: $20